- to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
- to make physically comfortable.
- Obsolete. to aid; support or encourage.
- relief in affliction; consolation; solace: Her presence was a comfort to him.
- a feeling of relief or consolation: Her forgiveness afforded him great comfort.
- a person or thing that gives consolation: She was a great comfort to him.
- a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction: The patient's recovery was a comfort to the doctor.
- a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys his comfort.
- something that promotes such a state: His wealth allows him to enjoy a high degree of comfort.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a comforter or quilt.
- Obsolete. strengthening aid; assistance.
Origin of comfort
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Examples from the Web for comfortless
It seemed hard to leave her to such a lonely, comfortless home.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
For they were the only gods that were left, and a comfortless set of gods they were!The Harbor
He remembered how bare and comfortless he had thought the room.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I rose, but did not wish to leave him comfortless in 298 the rising wind.The Cruise of the Shining Light
A winter mining-camp is the most bleak and comfortless of places.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- a state of ease or well-being
- relief from affliction, grief, etc
- a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
- obsolete support
- (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
- to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
- to bring physical ease to
Word Origin and History for comfortless
late 13c., conforten "to cheer up, console," from Old French conforter "to comfort, to solace; to help, strengthen," from Late Latin confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fortis "strong" (see fort). Change of -n- to -m- began in English 14c. Related: Comforted; comforting.
c.1200, "feeling of relief" (as still in to take comfort in something); also "source of alleviation or relief;" from Old French confort (see comfort (v.)). Replaced Old English frofor. Comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.